European Academic Research ISSN 2286-4822
ISSN-L 2286-4822
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Article Name :
Analysis of Selected Aspects of Cultural Identity in Compositions by Young Learners from the Baltic States based on Data from Baltic Young Learners of English Corpus Project
Author Name :
Viktorija Bitkeviciene
Publisher :
Bridge Center
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Abstract :
The following article analyses selected aspects of cultural identity. These aspects include family, migration/globalization, and national identity. Since Stuart Hall’s work was the most prominent to the formation and development of cultural studies, the particular aspects of cultural identity were chosen according to Hall’s theory. Thus, national identity represents a core of the cultural identity, family represents stability, and, as a contrary, migration is chosen as a symbol of instability. The main source for this research is compositions written by 12-year-old Lithuanian, Latvian, and Estonian young learners within the framework of the BYLEC (Baltic Young Learners of English Corpus) project. The main focus of the research was to compare the constituents of cultural identity in Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. These constituents included the references in young learners’ compositions towards national identity, family, and migration/globalization. The results indicated that most of the ideas are shared among the Lithuanians, Latvians, and Estonians. The literature on the topic suggested that Lithuanians and Latvians have more in common, for example, mass migration and similar economic situation. However, the findings in young learners’ compositions contradict this tendency. Although in some instances Estonians express a somewhat different point of view from their neighbours in Lithuania and Latvia, it constitutes a small number of examples.
Keywords :
Stuart Hall, cultural identity, family, migration, globalization, national identity, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia.

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